Ya Gotta Love Austin’s Mayor! His reponse to a sexist rant goes viral

Saw this on one of my local news station’s (KXAN) website today. It’s hilarious! Ya gotta love a mayor who can deliver such a clever response to a sexist numbnuts like this guy who wrote a cringe-worthy letter and thought it wise to actually send it. Here’s the story. Check it out:

Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s response to man’s ‘sexist’ comments goes viral

By Dave Byknish  Published: June 1, 2017, 7:36 am Updated: June 1, 2017, 9:32 am

Austin Mayor Steve Adler speaks to a crowd outside the Capitol during a vigil. (KXAN Photo/Phil Prazan)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you are going to spout nonsense, you should probably be aware of the skills the person you’re spouting it to possesses. Clearly a man who signed his name Richard A. Ameduri didn’t do his research and decided to hit the send button on May 26 before taking a second to breathe deep, count to 10 and think about what really matters in his life.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, or his public relations handler, decided to completely obliterate Ameduri in a response to his embarrassing and backwards rant about the Alamo Drafthouse’s choice to show the new Wonder Woman film exclusively to women for a few screenings. Much to the chagrin of a certain subset of men, the screenings sold out.

Adler posted the entire letter from Ameduri and his response on his website.

The man’s gripe:

I hope every man will boycott Austin and do what he can to diminish Austin and to cause damage to the city’s image. The theater that pandered to the sexism typical of women will, I hope, regret it’s decision. The notion of a woman hero is a fine example of women’s eagerness to accept the appearance of achievement without actual achievement. Women learn from an early age to value make-up, that it’s OK to pretend that you are greater than you actually are. Women pretend they do not know that only men serve in combat because they are content to have an easier ride. Women gladly accept gold medals at the Olympics for coming in 10th and competing only against the second class of athletes. Name something invented by a woman! Achievements by the second rate gender pale in comparison to virtually everything great in human history was accomplished by men, not women. If Austin does not host a men only counter event, I will never visit Austin and will welcome it’s deterioration. And I will not forget that Austin is best known for Charles Whitman. Does Austin stand for gender equality or for kissing up to women? Don’t bother to respond. I already know the answer. I do not hate women. I hate their rampant hypocrisy and the hypocrisy of the “women’s movement.” Women do not want gender equality; they want more for women. Don’t bother to respond because I am sure your cowardice will generate nothing worth reading.

Richard A. Ameduri

Adler’s retort:

Dear Mr. Ameduri,

I am writing to alert you that your email account has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual. Please remedy your account’s security right away, lest this person’s uninformed and sexist rantings give you a bad name. After all, we men have to look out for each other!

Can you imagine if someone thought that you didn’t know women could serve in our combat units now without exclusion? What if someone thought you didn’t know that women invented medical syringes, life rafts, fire escapes, central and solar heating, a war-time communications system for radio-controlling torpedoes that laid the technological foundations for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS, and beer? And I hesitate to imagine how embarrassed you’d be if someone thought you were upset that a private business was realizing a business opportunity by reserving one screening this weekend for women to see a superhero movie.

You and I are serious men of substance with little time for the delicate sensitivities displayed by the pitiful creature who maligned your good name and sterling character by writing that abysmal email.  I trust the news that your email account has been hacked does not cause you undue alarm and wish you well in securing your account. And in the future, should your travels take you to Austin, please know that everyone is welcome here, even people like those who wrote that email whose views are an embarrassment to modernity, decency, and common sense.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Adler

 

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LOL! Mayor Adler: you rocked this one! Way to go.

What do you think of the letter writer? If you were to meet this jackass guy on the street or in a bar and you knew he was the author of the letter rant, what would you say to him? What do you think of the Mayor’s response?

 

 

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This is GREAT NEWS: The FBI Now Tracking Animal Cruelty!

It’s about time! I have been voicing my outrage for years at the inadequacies of law enforcement agencies in dealing with animal cruelty and neglect cases. The major announcement this week that the FBI is beginning to track animal cruelty is a HUGE STEP toward the law recognizing the atrocity of acts of cruelty and neglect to our animal brethren as being worthy of serious legal attention and action.

For so long, crimes against animals were dealt with as misdemeanor offenses and viewed as crimes against PROPERTY as opposed to crimes perpetrated on sentient beings who experience real pain and anguish. Slowly over the last several years, states have enacted these crimes into felony status but even so, they often weren’t taken as seriously as they should’ve been and were often relegated down to misdemeanors in plea bargains and the offenders receiving nothing more than slaps on the wrists.

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But this may mark the beginning of a much needed shift: now that the FBI is tracking animal cruelty cases and giving the crime its own category in federal crime reports, the trickle effect to state and local law enforcement may mean significant change in how these cases are prosecuted. And it means that more resources will be devoted to the fight against animal cruelty and neglect. Let me say it again: IT’S ABOUT TIME!

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Here is the article by Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as reported on The Dodo:

BIG NEWS: FBI to Start Tracking Animal Cruelty Cases by Wayne Pacelle

(September 17, 2014)  Cruelty to animals will get its own category in federal crime reports for the first time. I got that word yesterday from John Thompson, my friend at the National Sheriffs’ Association, who told me that Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comer has signed off on including animal cruelty offenses in the Uniform Crime Report. Local agencies will also track them to report to the FBI.

No longer will extremely violent cases be included in the “other offense” category simply because the victims were animals. Just as the FBI tracks hate crimes and other important categories, we will now have critical data on animal cruelty. The HSUS has been pushing for this change in policy for years, along with our affiliates, the Humane Society Legislative Fund and Doris Day Animal League.

Before this expansion of the FBI’s focus, there was no process for capturing animal cruelty data on the statewide or national level. Capturing such data is especially difficult because animal cruelty laws are enforced by a very large number of local police, sheriffs, and humane society agents and animal control officers.

But now that animal cruelty, including animal neglect, is included in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, there is a real incentive for law enforcement agencies to pay closer attention to such incidents. With accurate data, law enforcement agencies will also be better able to allocate officers and financial resources to handle these cases, track trends and deploy accordingly.

The decision by the FBI is especially good news for The HSUS, because we are on the frontlines of the battle against animal cruelty in so many ways. We are upgrading state and federal laws, and just this year South Dakota became the fiftieth state to enact felony penalties for malicious cruelty, and Congress banned attendance at animal fights. Besides the thousands of cases on which we work with law enforcement agencies every year to rescue animals from animal cruelty and fighting, we also travel across the country to train law enforcement officials on how to investigate these crimes.

So far this year, we have provided training to more than 1,200 officers, representing 300 agencies, and in areas of the country where it is needed most. It is a new training program designed by experts from across the United States (including our own) and we look forward to expanding it in 2015.

I am enormously grateful for the work of the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Department of Justice in recognizing the importance of animal cruelty. This new development, which has been on the radar of the animal protection movement for years, is a practical way of cracking down on cruelty. The decision is also significant in affirming, at the highest levels of our government, that animal cruelty is a vice just like so many other violent crimes. It is the latest tangible gain in our effort to make opposition to animal cruelty a universal value in our society.

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Your thoughts?

 

 

T is for Tree

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On Life & Love

In Life,

I am a young oak. Live Oak tree

My roots firmly intact, I’m grounded.

I stand tall, strong and proud.

Forever surging upward, mighty maturity evolving.

I weather the harsh elements and massive storms.

Undaunted, I reach higher and higher.

In Love,

I transform into a tumbleweed.

Defenseless against the slightest wind,

I crumble to dust.    Tumbleweed and shadow

©Michele Truhlik

Ironically, while I was posting my poem, I came across a recent video news story on tumbleweed invasions. If these tumbleweeds are anything like me, there sure are a lot of them running from love:

Mother Nature Network's news story: Tumbleweeds menace the west

Mother Nature Network’s March 17 2014 story on menacing tumbleweeds

Copyright © 2014 Michele Truhlik. All Rights Reserved.

Sensational and Stunning Time-Lapse Video of Yosemite National Park!

This should absolutely be shared with everyone you know! What an incredible journey through beautiful Yosemite National Park. Two photographers, Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill, both from California, spent ten months backpacking over 200 miles in Yosemite with one goal in mind: to create this astounding 5-minute time-lapse video capturing the park in all four seasons.

The video quality is fantastic, the editing is incredible, the music score is a perfect match for what you see and it is just a fabulous way to start your Sunday! Enjoy. This is a major WOW. Spread the beauty!

Stunning Time-Lapse Video Captures Rare Views of Yosemite

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Breaking News: Colorado becomes the latest state to ban greyhound racing!

Emails from Grey2K come in two forms: those heartbreaking ones detailing cases of greyhound abuse, neglect and cruelty and those like today, announcing victories. Today Grey2K is spreading the good news that Colorado has become the latest state to ban greyhound racing.

Grey2K announces Colorado as the latest state to ban dog racing

Yesterday morning, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed Grey2K’s bill to prohibit greyhound racing, making Colorado the39th state in which the cruelty of dog racing is illegal!

Per the Grey2K email, “Drafted by GREY2K USA president and general counsel Christine Dorchak, the measure was enthusiastically supported by Colorado Voters for Animals, Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare, the ASPCA and the The Humane Society of the United States. We all worked together to make dog racing history!

None of this would have been possible without the leadership of our chief bill sponsor Representative KC Becker of Boulder. A freshman lawmaker, she learned about the
cruelty of dog racing in Colorado and then joined with us to make sure that
greyhounds would never suffer again in her state.”

Some of the facts that led Representative Becker to back the bill:

  • Since the state’s legalization of greyhound racing in 1948, five greyhound tracks had opened and closed. Interest in the activity suffered such catastrophic declines that only one track survived by 2007. Mile High Greyhound Park reported a loss of $700,000 and ended live racing in 2008.
  • Greyhounds in Colorado endured lives of terrible confinement and were kept in warehouse-style kennels, in stacked cages that were barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around. Cages measured just 29″ high by 29″ wide and 40″ long.
  • Between 1993 and 2007, 2,636 greyhound injuries were reported at the state’s dog tracks. The most common injury was a broken leg and other injuries included fractured spines, paralysis and puncture wounds.
  • In 2006, a Colorado greyhound breeder was fined and lost his license permanently after nearly 200 dogs disappeared while in his control.
  • Thirteen greyhounds died in a Colorado breeding farm barn fire in 2005.

So, thirty-nine states and counting! Keep up the good fight. You can take Grey2K’s poll to vote on which target states you want to Grey2K to focus on next in getting greyhound racing banned.